PRESS RELEASE: 30th July 2022
COLOMBINI AND ZONZINI RETURN TO THE PODIUM AT SPA
Jul 30, 2022
Colombini and Zonzini return to the podium at Spa
European Lamborghini Super Trofeo - Round 4, Spa-Francorchamps
There was an unchanged line-up for the three VSR entered Lamborghinis as they headed to Belgium for the fourth round of the Super Trofeo Championship. After two sessions of Free Practice on Thursday qualifying took place early on Friday morning. Out in the first session, setting the grid for race one, were Tribaudini, Zonzini and Lewandowski. Lap deletions for track limits impacted heavily on qualifying and at the end of the first session the VSR drivers had to be content with a third row start for Tribaudini, a fourth row start and the Pro-Am pole for Zonzini and a tenth row start for Lewandowski who was the third fastest Am driver.
Qualifying for Saturday’s race saw D’Auria take a spot on row four, with Lewandowski on row seven, after setting the second best time of the Am drivers, and Colombini a place on the thirteenth row. On the opening lap Tribaudini was squeezed out at Speaker’s Corner and his race ended in the new and unforgiving gravel traps lining the circuit. In the opening corners Zonzini had jumped up to fourth and Lewandowski to fourteenth. Racing resumed after a short Safety Car to remove Tribaudini’s car but on lap six contact ended Lewandowski’s race and the Safety Car was back out again. It remained out for the whole of the pit window during which Colombini took over from Zonzini. With a green run to the flag Colombini was easy prey for the fast Pro drivers behind him but hung on to come home in twelfth, scoring valuable points with a fifth placed finish in Pro-Am.
For race two D’Auria started from row four, Lewandowski from row seven and Colombini from row thirteen. A great start from Lewandowski saw him up into the top ten before the Safety Car was called out at the beginning of lap two. Contact had forced Colombini into a spin on the opening lap and he fell back to thirty-first. During his stint he recovered to nineteenth and handed the car over to Zonzini when the pit window opened on lap eight. Lewandowski waited until lap eleven to make his obligatory stop. He was comfortably leading the Am class and looking set for an overall top ten finish when he was penalised for track limits and awarded a drive through penalty. Another safety car period closed the field up and in the final ten minutes of green flag racing Zonzini worked his way into the top ten and past all but one of the Pro-Am runners to finish fifth overall and second in class. A bad weekend for the Pro car continued in race two with a technical problem forcing D’Auria and Tribaudini to lose many laps in the pits.
The Super Trofeo drivers will be back on track after the summer break when they head to Barcelona at the end of September for the penultimate round of the European Championship.